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Inheritance 1. Single Inheritance The Java model of programming makes extensive use of Inheritance Normal inheritance plays two roles in programming.

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1 Inheritance 1

2 Single Inheritance The Java model of programming makes extensive use of Inheritance Normal inheritance plays two roles in programming. When class B inherits from class A, it “reuses” all the non-private methods and members of class A. B also becomes a subtype of A. 2

3 Inheritance Hierarchies The standard way of drawing out inheritance is through a tree-like hierarchy. In UML the arrows point from the subclass to the superclass. This is because the superclass doesn’t generally know of all of its subclasses but the subclasses know of the superclass. 3

4 Inheritance for Code Reuse The first side effect of inheritance is gaining “copies of” non-private members. This means that if A had a public method get() then B will also have a public method get(). 4

5 Virtual methods One of the powers of Java is that you don’t always have to use the methods defined by the superclass. You can override them in the subclass. Methods that can be overridden are called virtual methods. By default all methods in Java are virtual, which means they can all be overriden. 5

6 Inheritance for Subtyping Inheritance also provides subtyping. This is because the subclass has all the public methods and members of the superclass. Formally, when we say that B is a subtype of A, what we are saying is that any place in the code where an A is expected, a B can be used, or a B can always take the place of an A. 6

7 Single Inheritance of Classes Java only allows single inheritance of classes i.e. a class can only inherit from one superclass This greatly simplifies code by reducing ambiguity. C++ has multiple inheritance which causes one to frequently need to specify which superclass of a given class a method should be called through. 7

8 Inheritance examples SuperclassSubclasses Student GraduateStudent, UndergraduateStudent Shape Circle, Triangle, Rectangle Loan CarLoan, HomeLoan, MortgageLoan Employee Faculty, Staff BankAccount CurrentAccount, SavingsAccount 8

9 Sample UML single inheritance hierarchy 9

10 Multiple inheritance Java uses interfaces instead of pure multiple inheritance Classes in Java can only inherit from one single class (single inheritance) but can inherit from multiple interfaces This prevents the multiple inheritance problem where for example two superclasses of class D inherit from A resulting in conflicts in class D, as shown in figure below. 10

11 Fig: multiple inheritance problem 11 A C B D

12 Defining interfaces We use the interface keyword to define an interface e.g. public interface InterfaceName { variable declaration; methods declaration; } 12

13 An interface is a kind of a class The difference is that interfaces only define abstract methods and final fields i.e. data fields are all constants and methods don’t have a definition It is the responsibility of the class that implements an interface to define the code for the methods 13

14 Example public interface Item { static final int code = 1001; float compute(float x, float y); void show(); } 14

15 Extending interfaces Just like classes, interfaces can be extended The only difference is that the extending class (subinterface) must be an interface and not an ordinary class The new subinterface will inherit all members of the superinterface We use the keyword extends to subinterface an interface e.g. 15

16 Example 16

17 public interface ItemConstants { int code = 1001; String name = "Fan"; } public interface Item extends ItemConstants { void display(); } 17

18 NB: Although keywords final and static are absent, fields in the two interfaces above are treated as constants Subinterfaces cannot implement inherited methods because they are still interfaces 18

19 Implementing interfaces We inherit properties of interfaces into classes as follows class classname implements interfacename { body of classname } 19

20 Using interfaces can make our shapes program a lot easier e.g. public interface Area { final static float pi = 3.14F; float compute(float x, float y); } class Rectangle implements Area { public float compute(float x, float y){ return(x*y); } 20

21 public class Circle implements Area { public float compute(float x, float y) { return(pi*x*x); } 21

22 public class InterfaceTest { public static void main(String args[]) { Rectangle rect = new Rectangle(); Circle circle = new Circle(); Area area; area = rect; System.out.println("Area of Rectangle = "+area.compute(10,20)); area = circle; System.out.println("Area of Circle = "+area.compute(10,0)); } 22

23 Accessing interface variables You can directly access interface variables from a class e.g. interface A { int m = 10; int n = 50; } class B implements A { int x = m; void methodB(int size) { … if(size

24 Case Study: Student System 24

25 class Student { int rollNumber; void getNumber(int n) { rollNumber = n; } void putNumber() { System.out.println("Roll No: "+rollNumber); } 25

26 class Test extends Student { float part1, part2; void getMarks(float m1, float m2) { part1 = m1; part2 = m2; } void putMarks() { System.out.println("Marks obtained "); System.out.println("Part 1 = "+part1); System.out.println("Part 2 = "+part2); } 26

27 interface Sports { float sportWt = 6.0F; void putWt(); } 27

28 class Results extends Test implements Sports { float total; public void putWt() { System.out.println("Sports Weight = "+sportWt); } void display() { total = part1 + part2 + sportWt; putNumber(); putMarks(); putWt(); System.out.println("Total score = "+total); } 28

29 class Hybrid { public static void main(String args[]) { Results student1 = new Results(); student1.getNumber(1234); student1.getMarks(27.5F, 33.0F); student1.display(); } 29

30 Output Roll No: 1234 Marks obtained Part 1 = 27.5 Part 2 = 33.0 Sports Weight = 6.0 Total score =


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